Rubus idaeus

parts used: leaves.

collection: the leaves may be collected throughout the growing season. Dry slowly in a well-ventilated area to ensure proper preservation of the properties.

cultivation: this is a great herb to grow as you get to enjoy the raspberries too. The bramble is easy to find as small plants at garden centres and can be grown against a fence.

constituents: tannins, polypeptides, flavonoids.

actions: pre-natal aid, astringent tonic, antispasmodic, parturient with a reputation for painless and easy delivery in straightforward births.

indications

genitourinary system
Raspberry leaf has a long tradition of safe use in pregnancy to strengthen and tone the tissue of the womb, assisting contraction and checking any haemorrhage during labour. To get the best effect from this herb the tea needs to be drunk throughout the last six months of pregnancy and during labour.

It acts as a general tonic to the reproductive organs of both men and women, encouraging healthy circulation to the reproductive system. This action is helpful where impotence in men is caused by reduced blood flow due to poor health and it encourages better health of the prostate gland by aiding circulation to the area. In women it works to regulate the menstrual cycle and, as an antispasmodic, it can relieve the cramping associated with painful periods.

digestive system
Raspberry leaf can be used as an astringent mouthwash to treat mouth ulcers.

contraindications
Some sources contraindicate Raspberry leaf during the first trimester of pregnancy.

preparations and dosage
tea use 1–3 teaspoons per cup, infuse for 10–15 minutes, drink three cups daily.
tincture 1 part herb to 5 parts 25% alcohol. Take 5 ml in water three times daily.

combinations
For painful periods it works well with Motherwort, Cramp bark and Valerian. For heavy bleeding it can be used with Yarrow and Ladies mantle. For impotence caused by lack of circulation try it with Ginkgo and Damiana.

This is an extract from Sorrell’s book

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